Spiritual Vision by Dr. Leon van Rooyen

Friday, May 01, 2009

Spiritual Vision by Dr. Leon van Rooyen

This teaching happened at the Vineyard Church in Kingston, New York and was taught by Dr. Leon van Rooyen, from Global Ministries and Relief, Inc. This is a ministry well worth sowing seed into.

Pastor Leon started out by saying, “I’m not trying to locate resources, resources are locating me.”  Those who give for the kingdom need not worry about provision.  Provision and favor comes because we are believers.

Pastor Leon told us about a refuge camp that he went to (he has gone all over the world reaching the lost for Christ, and in Africa they have a whole different dimension of poverty and recession than we can even imagine).  In this particular refugee camp there was civil unrest and there was no work available, yet he went and planted a church.  The first thing he taught the people was to give, for you can’t get out of poverty if you stay in the mentality of being a taker.  He told people to take things that were donated, but to make sure to give some away and then God can cause an everlasting supply.  Some of the people were so poor that one woman felt bad that the only food she had to offer others was chicken feed.  At one point coming to a village it had rained 21 days, and not even the 4 wheel drive cars could move, so they walked in boots where the mud came up to the top of the boots.  He came to a United Nations hut that a widow was living in, and she had no dry firewood.  Pastor Leon brought her a bag of grain and helped get the fire started.  He told her to take the grain, make bread and feed the widows and then lastly feed herself.  She obeyed these instructions and she was the first to get a real home, the first to have a thatched roof, bicycle, and lamps.  She also had enough land to give a piece of her property to help plant a church.

So many became born again and heard the Word of God in this community, and they were taught to give, even though they were in poverty.  A few weeks later, Pastor Leon came back and found the church half empty.  The pastor of the church went up to Pastor Leon and told him not to worry about the numbers – that the reason the church was so empty is that those that were there were new members, the other older members had all found jobs and were working – this caught the notice of other unbelievers in the community and the church had a reputation of those who attended and accepted Jesus got jobs, so the church grew in numbers and the community was impacted.

Living in a needs camp, which America is becoming, can give us a mentality of poverty, fear, and panic.  To those who do not have Kingdom Principles in their lives, the situation can look impossible.  But God can make a way, and the blessing on our lives will attract nonbelievers.  When we are in the presence of the Most High God, we get blessed.

Remember King David, and how the Ark was kept on the property of Obed-Edom for three months and Obed-Edom’s family got blessed.  King David wanted the Ark to go to Jerusalem so that it would bless the nation, for he saw the blessings that Obed-Edom received.  Today, as New Testament believers, we know that the Ark is within us.

Pastor Leon then told us how blessed he was to see the youth so passionate about God.  There is great potential for our youth, young zealots for God.  In Acts, 120 people turned the world upside down, 12 disciples turned the world upside down.  Imagine what youth on fire for the Lord can do…..

Great rewards do not come from tepid faith, but passionate faith can draw extravagant glory. We need another vision of God, to build and fan that passion that we once had when we first got saved.

Nehemiah was a servant, a cup bearer for the King.  He became aware of the distress in Jerusalem, God gave Nehemiah a vision (remember servants would have visions).  God could raise Nehemiah up as a leader because God knew that Nehemiah could serve.  God was able to give supply and authority to Nehemiah to get the walls and gates rebuilt.

To be a cup bearer meant that Nehemiah had to taste and sip whatever the king ate and drank to make sure that there was no poison.  This was such a trusted position, for many in those days tried to kill the king and take his position, so the cup bearer was a trusted person.  Nehemiah diligently served, was faithful and loyal, traits we too need to develop in ourselves to be servants.  We want God to say to us, Matthew 25:23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Nehemiah prayed a prayer to be a part of the reconstruction of the walls.  Jesus prayed a prayer of the harvest, that the laborers are few but the fields were white with grain, and the prayer prayed for harvesters includes us, for we are part of the answer to the prayer.

Nehemiah was a simple cup bearer, yet with God’s help he became a renovator, strategist, commander of the army, architect, builder, and leader of the people. Before that, all he did was deal with the kitchen table. When the vision got in Nehemiah’s heart, the things that needed to arise to do the vision were provided by the presence of God. Nehemiah remained humble and what he was most proud of was not the accomplishment of rebuilding the walls in 52 days, but for the firewood that he had gathered to keep the fires burning in the temple and the restitution of the tithe.  He was most concerned with the fire in the Temple.  You could say that Nehemiah was a revivalist, motivator, builder.

WHEN GOD UNLOADS A VISION IN OUR SPIRIT HE UNLOCKS THE POTENTIAL TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE.  Getting a God vision, a God dream can move us to do things we never even conceived of.

One day Pastor Leon was driving and listening to Kenneth Copeland tapes, and he saw a golden lights on a hill glistening in the sunlight – they were not natural phenomenon.  Pastor Leon was caught up in the Spirit while driving and one of the Golden lights contained a village – it was in such detail that he remembers everything about the village.  The grains of sand embedded in the mud, the marks on the mud walls, the thatch roofs, the people.  It was so real, that Pastor Leon said, “I was there.”  And then he heard the voice of God, “Who will go and who will He send to them?”  This was when Pastor Leon was a new Christian, and he isn’t sure at that time that he had yet read Isaiah.  God was telling Pastor Leon that he was putting the opportunity for him to go to Africa.  And Pastor Leon said, “Here I am, send me.”

When he went to the African villages, sometimes local churches were not welcoming- and they shut their doors to him, but wherever a church door shut, Pastor Leon was able to plant a new church.  There is always an open door where the people Pastor Leon was sent to were able to receive the Gospel and the Word, the whole counsel of God’s Word.  We need to break down the walls of religious idolatry.  Plant churches where churches do not want you.

Before this vision from God, Pastor Leon never planned to go to Africa, but since that vision he has gone to more than 360 villages, and brought the Gospel to every house and every business in the village, in the schools, clinics, etc. and has reaped a harvest of hundreds of thousands of souls. At one point an entire nation came together because the President told them to gather to hear the Word of God.  The crowd was so big that they couldn’t count the size.

The vision that Pastor Leon had took him to people who were not his own, and in the time that he did it there was still racial segregation, and Pastor Leon was in the forefront of reaching across racial lines.  It is important to know that Pastor Leon had never been to Bible school or had any formal training in mission planting, church planting, church organization or anything like that, all Pastor Leon had was a VISION FROM GOD.

Most people hear the following scripture:  Proverbs 29:18a KJV Where there is no vision, the people perish:…

We can read this passage two ways, we need a vision or we will perish, but also if we are not acting on our vision – the people around us will perish.

WITHOUT A VISION YOU JUST EXIST.  You suck oxygen, but when you have a dream you live and thrive.  John 10:10b I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

WITHOUT A VISION YOU EXIST AND YOUR LIFE IS A DAILY GRIND.  You are so concerned with the things of this world.

WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR VISION YOU AFFECT YOUR WORLD.  Your eyes are opened by the Spirit of God and you see things with your eyes that you never saw before.

When Jesus opened the eyes of the blind so that they could see it was physical, but we can also see it as metaphorical, many of us are blind in our imagination, in our faith, in our ability to see what it is that God has for us.

We then looked at the following two scriptures.  See if you can see the difference in these parallel scriptures.

Isaiah 61:1  “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;…”

Luke 4:18 “ The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Do you see the difference?  In Isaiah they talk about proclaiming liberty to the captives and in Luke it is recovery of sight to the blind.  THOSE IN PRISON NEVER SEE THE LIGHT.

WITHOUT VISION YOU ARE TRAPPED IN A PRISON.  Trapped in your past, in your situation, in your circumstances, your pain, your frailties.  With vision you can get out of prison. You need eyes to see.  WITH VISION YOU CAN GET OUT OF THE PAST AND BEGIN TO BE IN THE PRESENT AND LOOKING TOWARD YOUR FUTURE.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

BEHOLD (another vision word)  all things have become new – that is the future.  This is not just natural sight, but the vision is given to us by God.

If you can’t see yourself in the eyes of God, you are in prison.  Come out of your past and out of your hatred, out of being steeped in culture.  VISION WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

WITHOUT VISION WE EXIST, THEY PERISH.

Without vision there will be no church planting, no evangelization, prisoners will stay prisoners, and you will never grow fruit.  TO BRING GOD’S CHANGE TO THE WORLD YOU NEED ANOINTING AND VISION.

Pastor Leon told us that one of his favorite speakers and greatest speech is Martin Luther King’s, “I have a dream.” speech.  This speech changed the nation and over time caused our country to turn so that all men were treated equally.

We are citizens of Heaven on earth.  We need people to dream, looking to the church of tomorrow.  WITHOUT VISION THE CHURCH BECOMES STERILE.  And our churches will become like those in Europe turned into nightclubs and discos.

WE NEED VISION IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE CHURCH MINISTRY.  From preaching to the nursery, the departments of the church, the ministry of helps, and children’s church.

Pastor Leon told us that these people serving do not have to be people of skill, because skill alone will not cause you to sacrifice.

VISION, PASSION, FAITH, ACTION, ANOINTING, LOVE ARE ALL PARALLEL AND EQUAL, AND WE NEED EACH OF THESE FOR THE CHURCH.  WHEN WE HAVE THESE THINGS WE BECOME WORLD CHANGERS.

You can have a dream and have it spoiled if it is out of season or you are not mature and have the qualities of passion, faith, action, anointing and love.

Joseph got a dream (a vision) but he was a precocious brat, arrogant.  The situations he faced in Potiphar’s house and the prison helped to form his character so that when it was time for the vision to manifest he was more mature.

PASSION ALONE WILL NOT MAKE A VISION COME TO FRUITION – you can have a dream but if you do not do anything to accomplish the vision it will not grow fruit. Besides passion you have to have love and faith.

WE WILL NEVER HAVE EVERYTHING AT HAND TO LIVE OUR VISION. WE NEED TO HAVE FAITH.

Nehemiah had to gather materials so that he could complete his vision of rebuilding those walls, and set out getting them.

Without vision they perish.
Without vision there will be no world changing.
Without vision books will be unwritten, songs unsung, dreams not met, revelation and oracles not spoken.

There are various ways to have a vision, an Open Vision is like Peter on the rooftop, and an inner vision where we see in our minds and hearts.

IF YOUR VISION DOES NOT AGREE WITH THE WORD OF GOD THEN IT IS NOT FROM GOD.

When we get our vision it is not important what man thinks about it, but rather what God says.  We walk by faith, not by sight.  How do we get faith?  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  God will not violate His word and character in a revelation.

THE DEVIL’S AFTER YOUR VISION.

The enemy took out Samson’s eyes, put him into bronze fetters, and put him to work like a beast grinding corn.  The key is that the ENEMY WANTS YOUR VISION.  And if the enemy can get your vision then you are bound.

Most people who are bound and can’t get free by ordinary means need a vision to fill their lives, then the vision crowds out what is binding them. If you can’t get the demons out of a person, help them find their vision, and then the demons leave.

1 Samuel 3:1-3 Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down,

Eli could not see – he lost his vision, and could not minister to God, did not know where the ark was, if the lamps went out in the temple.  The word of the Lord was rare in those days, no widespread revelation – why, because Eli lost his vision.

WITHOUT VISION THERE IS NO REVIVAL. At the Vineyard people were taking steps for revival even before the Vineyard church began their 21 day fast this past January.  God does not do anything on earth with out revealing it to His prophets.  God orchestrates revival. REVIVAL NEEDS PEOPLE WITH VISION.  To sustain the revival you need people with vision.

2 Kings 25:7 Then they killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiah, bound him with bronze fetters, and took him to Babylon.

Zedekiah was bound with bronze fetters and taken to Babylon.  WITHOUT VISION THE DEVIL TAKES YOU WHERE HE WANTS YOU TO GO. IF YOU LOSE YOUR VISION YOUR LIFE IS A GRIND.  He was bound, had no vision, lost his anointing, and at best separated from God.  WHEN WE ARE CONNECTED TO GOD WE GET ANOINTED VISIONS.

Samson’s hair grew, and a young lad came next to him – a young lad with eyes – new vision (Pastor Leon’s speculation).  And when Samson pulled the temple of dagon down, his last battle was his greatest victory.

THE CHURCH HAS LOST ITS VISION AND ANOINTED EYES.  IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR VISION YOU CAN GET IT BACK.  You can do the works you used to do.

The Lukewarm Church – Revelation 3:17-18 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see

Jesus told them to buy eye salve so that they could anoint their eyes and see.

God gave vision to Abraham, Genesis 12:1-4  Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

Abraham went out of his country to a place God would SHOW him, and God would then make him a great nation.  VISION TOOK HIM OUT OF HIS FAMILIAR PLACE TO A NEW PLACE.

WITHOUT VISION YOU WILL NEVER GO OUT OF THE WAY FOR GOD.

God told Joshua, Joshua 6:2 And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.

God told Joshua to SEE.  God has given you what He wants to give you and if you can see it, you can possess it.

When the Israelites were ready to go into the Promised Land, Moses sent out 12 spies into the land and 10 came back with a bad report.  They said, Numbers 13:32-33 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

They lost their blessing because the 10 gave the report that they were LIKE GRASSHOPPERS IN OUR OWN SIGHT.  They saw with their eyes and could not get it.  They let the enemy keep the land another 40 years because they lost their vision.  They allowed what they saw in the natural to interfere with what God saw in His heart.  If you see it, you can have it.  Press in, don’t look to the natural.

Pastor Leon told us about a hotel that he saw that would be perfect for a Bible school. He saw it and told us that if you see it you can have it.  Within an hour it can be ours.  He ended up getting that hotel for the Bible school and within three months it was paid for.

NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR US, IF WE HAVE A GODLY VISION

Saul on the Damascus Road was out to destroy the Christians.  AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CAN FOREVER CHANGE YOUR LIFE.  God encounters you and you encounter God and you are changed by the revelation of what you saw.

Saul lost his eyesight, he saw light and lost his natural vision.  Saul had to lose his natural vision so that he could get ANOINTED VISION.  Once we get God’s sight, our view of the world changes.  Instead of a busy city we see food in containers, kids from the dump moving into orphanages, what before irritated you no longer irritates you, and you see through the eyes of love.  Saul’s enemies become his friends.

Then Ananias was told to pray for Saul to receive his sight. Ananias said to God basically, I think you missed it God, this is the wrong guy, he wants to kill us.  As if God could make a mistake and would slap his head and say, “What was I thinking?”  We have all had those kinds of debates with God.  We all have gotten the T-shirt, mugs, and souvenirs of our debates with God.  Yet Ananias ultimately obeyed God and prayed with Saul, and Saul/Paul got his vision, his spiritual vision.

WHEN YOU GET A VISION YOU GET A VISION FOR LIFE.  BUT SOMETIMES GOD GIVES YOU A SHORT TERM VISION.  For example, Ananias praying for Saul  was a short term vision for a specific person.

Pastor Leon speculated that Ananias was a good man, doing what God told him to do, so God probably used him in other things.

There is stuff God has given us to do that we haven’t done.  We have assignments from God that we haven’t done.

When Saul saw his vision, God put it in Saul’s heart with a sense of urgency.  RUN WITH YOUR VISION, DON’T JUST STROLL TO THE GOAL.  Saul immediately began preaching Jesus in the temple and what happened, the Jews wanted to kill him.

WHEN WE GET A GODLY VISION OBSTACLES AND CHALLENGES WILL ARISE.  Saul wanted to preach in Macedonia, and when God gave him permission to go there, he got beaten up and imprisoned.  What did he do, he praised God and sang hymns.  WHEN YOU GET YOUR VISION FROM GOD THERE WILL BE MANY ADVERSITIES.  It will not always be plain sailing, sometimes there are storms, battles, imprisonment.

CLAIM YOUR VISION BUT DON’T BE OVERLY ARROGANT.  Paul, when he was taken up to the third heaven spoke about it in the third person, not the first person.  When Paul began doing God’s vision, agents from hell buffeted him.

WHEN YOU FACE ADVERSITY YOU NEED TO DRAW FROM YOUR VISION AS A POINT OF REFERENCE.  When Paul faced his various experiences he recalled his Damascus Road experience, which helped him to not be disheartened when he was in chains. He may be in chains, but he did not lose his vision. Saul saw his situation of being bound not with his natural eyes, but with supernatural sight.  Saul was more free in chains than the king on the throne.  He had vision that could not be dominated by the king’s rules, principalities, powers, or anything that came against him in the natural.

GUARD YOUR VISION
RUN WITH YOUR VISION.
Passion, faith, character, anointing, and love can make you a WORLD CHANGER.

Can I tell you that this teaching absolutely blew me away and touched my heart at a deep level.  I don’t want to veer from what God wants me to do, and I pray for clarity of vision.

Have a blessed day!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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